The New York Post recently covered information released by LRANY as an addendum to our Power of Attorney report from April of this year. The piece focused on the outside income of legislatures whom also double as lawyers.
“The 42 state legislators who are lawyers pulled in as much as $4.2 million last year from their ‘outside jobs,’ according to a report Tuesday.
Topping the charts were the personal-injury attorneys, who hauled in an average of about $239,000, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance said.
The group said the earnings call into question the independence of lawmakers who have a lot to gain or lose from votes that could affect their outside careers.
‘Any time you have public officials receiving two, three, even 10 times more than their state salary from outside legal work, there are going to be questions about conflicting interest,’ said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the alliance.”